Winners Hail From Accolade Wines, Credit Suisse, United Airlines, and Hilton, Among Others

Posted: Jun 22, 2018

WASHINGTON (June 22, 2018) – The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), a global legal association representing more than 43,000 in-house counsel employed by over 10,000 organizations in 85 countries, today announced winners of the seventh annual 'Top 10 30-Somethings' awards at its Corporate Counsel University®(CCU) in Philadelphia.

Sponsored by Saul Ewing, LLP, ACC received 159 nominations from 35 countries, compared to 141 nominations from 14 countries in 2017. The award program distinguishes the outstanding achievements of in-house lawyers between the ages of 30 and 39. Nominations are based on the individual's contributions to the corporate law department, company, or organization, as well as the depth and context of their participation in efforts to advance advocacy, pro bono, and diversity in the legal profession.

The 2018 'Top 10 30-Somethings' awards are presented to the following:

  • Mary Gritzmacher, assistant general counsel and director of legal services, Europe, CoorsTek (Nuremberg, Germany)
  • Julie Ryan, general counsel and corporate secretary, Accolade Wines (Adelaide, Australia)
  • Shelly Paioff, vice president, legal affairs, Taboola, Inc. (New York)
  • Christopher Chan, general counsel and head of government affairs, RedMart (Singapore)
  • Paul Lanois, vice president, cross-border legal, Credit Suisse (Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Steve Gangemi, senior counsel, dispute resolution, Hilton (McLean, Va.)
  • Sheila Bangalore, associate general counsel, Aristocrat Technologies (Las Vegas)
  • Olga V. Mack, vice president of strategy, Quantstamp, Inc. (San Francisco)
  • Diana Toman, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, Compass Minerals International, Inc. (Overland Park, Kansas)
  • Greg Wu, managing counsel, United Airlines (Chicago)

"These exceptional young lawyers represent a great caliber of talent, continuing the pattern of excellence that we've seen with past winners," said Veta T. Richardson, president and CEO of ACC. "We are thrilled to see such strong dedication to enacting change, whether through innovative solutions to legal and business challenges or pro bono work in their individual communities."

The ACC CCU program is specifically designed for corporate lawyers who are new to in-house practice. Experienced in-house lawyers from companies across the globe, including Aon Service Corporation, Bank of Montreal, Microsoft, Fannie Mae, and The Brookings Institution, will lead discussions on employment and labor issues, outside counsel management, data privacy and challenges to information security, developing general counsel skills, and more.

To read about the accomplishments of the 'Top 10 30-Somethings' award recipients, check out the upcoming July/August issue of ACC's award-winning magazine, ACC Docket.

About ACC:The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is a global legal association that promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporations, associations and other organizations through information, education, networking opportunities and advocacy initiatives. With more than 43,000 members employed by over 10,000 organizations in 85 countries, ACC connects its members to the people and resources necessary for both personal and professional growth. By in-house counsel, for in-house counsel.® For more information, visit and follow ACC on Twitter: @ACCinhouse.

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